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Transferring in to USS

Find out about transferring your pension in to USS

Transfer your pension from somewhere else

If you have pension savings elsewhere that you haven’t started taking and the scheme is registered with HMRC, you could transfer the pension benefits to the Investment Builder from most pension schemes.

Who can transfer in?

Members who are still paying in to USS can request to transfer in.

Is transferring right for you?

You should consider taking some financial advice before making a transfer. If you’re transferring over £30,000 from a defined benefit (DB) scheme, like the Retirement Income Builder, you must speak to an independent financial adviser first. You can find one at unbiased.co.uk. They may charge a fee.

What do you need to do?

If you decide to go for a transfer, here’s what you need to do:

  • Contact your previous pension scheme and ask for a transfer value statement and any discharge forms
  • Send these to us, along with the Transfer in request form. Log in to My USS to complete online or download a copy of the Transfer in request form to print and return to us.

We’ll send you a transfer in pack with details on what to do next. If you change your mind about the transfer, simply ignore the form.

If you prefer for us to contact your previous pension scheme for you, complete and return the Transfer in request form and we’ll work with you to get this sorted as soon as possible.

Once your transfer’s sorted, the funds will go into the Investment Builder. This is the defined contribution (DC) part of USS where you build your own Investment Builder savings pot. You can manage these savings and how they’re invested in My USS.

Find out more about your investment options, including a short video on Your Investment Choices, on our Investment Builder page.

Got a question?

Document download

  • Transfer in request form - Word version docx (39kb)
  • Transfer in request form pdf (152kb)

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